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Israel team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.25CET
A FIFA World Cup finals participant at Mexico 1970 as representatives of the Asian Football Confederation, Israel's performances in EURO qualifying have been mixed.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.25CET

Israel team profile

A FIFA World Cup finals participant at Mexico 1970 as representatives of the Asian Football Confederation, Israel's performances in EURO qualifying have been mixed.

Best result: have never qualified
Coach: Eli Gutman
Leading scorers: all-time – Mordechai Spiegler (33); current – Yossi Benayoun (24)
Most appearances: all-time – Arik Benado (94); current – Yossi Benayoun (93)
Association formed: 1928
Nickname: The Blue and Whites
Where they play: Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem

A FIFA World Cup finals participant at Mexico 1970 as representatives of the Asian Football Confederation, Israel have not qualified for a major tournament since becoming a full member of UEFA in 1994. They tend to win more qualifying matches than they lose, and indeed went through the entire 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign unbeaten, but have frequently been undone in the big games against direct rivals. Their best effort in the UEFA European Championship came en route to the 2000 tournament, when they reached the play-offs only to be defeated 8-0 on aggregate by Denmark.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall:
P50 W21 D10 L19 F80 A64
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P50 W21 D10 L19 F80 A64

Israel's performances in EURO qualifying have been mixed. After finishing second bottom of their group in the EURO '96 edition, they were runners-up to Spain in the 2000 campaign, 5-0 and 8-0 home victories against Austria and San Marino respectively among the highlights. Third is the best the team has managed since, although under Frenchman Luis Fernandez there was hope they could edge ahead of either Greece or Croatia and take a UEFA EURO 2012 play-off place.

However, defeats against both within the first four games put Israel up against it. Optimism was restored by three successive wins, but failure to take anything from the return matches with the top two resulted in another third-place finish.

Memorable EURO matches
17/11/07: Israel 2-1 Russia, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying

A late Omer Golan goal earned victory against a side who would make the semi-finals.

06/06/99: Israel 5-0 Austria, UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying
Eyal Berkovic struck twice in what is widely considered the country's finest triumph.

04/09/94: Israel 2-1 Poland, EURO '96 qualifying
Ronen Harazi scored two to earn victory on Israel's EURO debut.

Did you know?
Israel were unbeaten in their first five UEFA European Championship qualifiers, finally losing 4-3 to Poland on 25 April 1995.

*Last updated on 07/01/2014

Last updated: 17/02/14 17.09CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 23/12/2014 16:14 CET
Azerbaijan1-1Israel
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN) – Stadium: Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium, Baku (AZE)
04/18/2013 20:04:42
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
Israel0-4Russia
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) – Stadium: Itztadion Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan (ISR)
04/18/2013 20:49:50
Luxembourg0-6Israel
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP) – Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
11/10/2014 18:03:14
Israel3-0Luxembourg
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT) – Stadium: Itztadion Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan (ISR)
04/18/2013 20:04:13
Israel3-3Portugal
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) – Stadium: Itztadion Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan (ISR)
05/28/2013 11:07:35
Northern Ireland0-2Israel
Referee: Hannes Kaasik (EST) – Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
05/28/2013 11:07:36
Israel1-1Azerbaijan
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE) – Stadium: Itztadion Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan (ISR)
09/07/2013 20:38:17
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
Russia3-1Israel
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER) – Stadium: Stadion Petrovski, St Petersburg (RUS)
09/10/2013 17:56:20
Portugal1-1Israel
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR) – Stadium: José Alvalade, Lisbon (POR)
12/16/2013 12:41:39
Israel1-1Northern Ireland
Referee: Laurent Duhamel (FRA) – Stadium: Itztadion Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan (ISR)
12/16/2013 12:41:24
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Cyprus1-2Israel
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA) – Stadium: GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
10/13/2014 19:02:37
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Andorra1-4Israel
Referee: Cristian Balaj (ROU) – Stadium: Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (AND)
10/17/2014 10:27:42
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Israel3-0Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) – Stadium: Itztadion Sammy Ofer, Haifa (ISR)
12/23/2014 15:16:08
IsraelWales
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Itztadion Sammy Ofer, Haifa (ISR)
12/17/2014 13:09:31
IsraelBelgium
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem (ISR)
12/02/2014 08:18:29
Bosnia and HerzegovinaIsrael
Referee: TBD
10/30/2014 08:15:37
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
IsraelAndorra
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:09
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
WalesIsrael
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:49
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
IsraelCyprus
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:07
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
BelgiumIsrael
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:37:49

General info

  • Founded : 1928
  • Stadium : Itztadion Ramat Gan
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    08/09/1999, Israel 8-0 San Marino
  • Biggest defeat:
    13/11/1999, Israel 0-5 Denmark
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 28
    Yossi Benayoun (ISR)
  • Top scorers: 10
    Yossi Benayoun (ISR)
 
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